The Battle for Biyed (9.170.020.M42)

dscn0574The first major confrontation between the newly-arrived armies would take place at Biyed, a jungle planet in the FR1707 system. There, a spearhead force of Chaos Marines would encounter a large raiding force of Orks, led by the renowned Mek warchief Frazzleboom Bloodyspanna.

The two forces deployed. Two of the objectives lay in or near the Orkish starting point, and a third lay well within the Chaos Marines’ deployment area. The fourth was located in an area of sparse woods in the centre of the otherwise heavily-jungled terrain. Strange radiation—doubtless due to Goatronium deposits—permeated the battlefield, potentially causing havoc with vehicles.

dscn0579The Orks struck first. Three Deffkoptas of the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Savagefang Squadrons darted forward, and fired their rokkits towards the approaching enemy. There was a huge explosion, and the sole Chaos Predator battle tank was little more than smoking crater. Moments later, a blast from a Shokk Attack Gun laid waste to the surviving piece of enemy armour, a Rhino filled with Khorne Beserkers. In a few short minutes, Chaos had been shorn of all their heavy support.

dscn0583The dark psychotic reavers were not ones to dismay easily, however—or indeed at all. Four Warbikes raced to try outflank the Orks on the left, while the Bezerkers and a platoon of Plague Marines pressed forward to the central objective. The third and final unit of Chaos Space marines secured the objective in their original deployment area.

The Bezerkers and Plague Marines soon came under withering fire from the Deffkotpas, as well as the Shokk Attack Gun, while the Bikers went to ground after being hit  repeatedly by a ramshackle but deadly Orkish Boomgun mounted on old, looted Imperial Baslisk. One unit of Shoota Boyz took heavy fire, and briefly fell back before rallying.

dscn0584As the armies closed, a horde of Slugga Boyz charged the remnants of the Plague Marines, wiping them out. Their joy (and unrestrained looting) was shortlived, however, as they were in turn charged by the Bezerkers, and slaughtered to a greenskin. The surviving Bezerkers then advanced into the woods, where another unit of Shoota Boyz were waiting for them.

dscn0585The Shoota Boyz emptied dakka into their foes, then charged. Most of the Chaos troops fell, but a single brave warrior fought, outnumbered, throwing back endless waves of Orks in a bloody demonstration of Chaotic fighting prowess until he was finally crushed—literally—under a mass of irate green attackers.

The unfortunate bikers righted their bikes and were preparing to resume their advance when another round from the Boomgun landed among them. When the dust cleared, there were none left.

dscn0588This left only a single unit of Chaos Space Marines. Deciding that it was better to live to corrupt another day, they retreated from the battlefield—closely followed by a barrage of obscene Orkish taunts and gestures, gutteral shouts of jubilation, and squabbles over who got to loot what from the fallen warriors.

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And So It Begins

The Wars started, as wars so often do, almost by accident. Two groups of scrap-merchants, one Orkish, the other Chaos, landed on LV-428, long-forgotten jungle planet deep in The Fringes. The squabbled over salvage rights, as often happens. Harsh language was exchanged. Things were thrown.  Shots were fired—again, not for the first time.

orks-v-chaos-initial-chaos-viewIn the past, such skirmishes had received little attention by the political or military leaders of the galaxy. The discovery of Goatronium, however, had changed all that. Old scrap had become potentially valuable for the Goatronium residues it might contain. Distant planets—especially those in the Fringes, where the strange radiation was especially strong—were now the object of urgent prospecting missions.

This time the fight between junk-merchants wasn’t ignored. This time, reinforcements were sent.

Historians now generally agree that the first military confrontation of the Goatronium Expansions came on 9.111.020.M42, when an advance force of Chaos Marines encountered a group of Orkish warriors from Da West End Boyz. The fight was short, bloody, but inconclusive, with the Orks inflicting more damage but failing to win a clear victory.

3-way-attack-on-sigma-prime-neutronium-waystationBoth sides immediately requested more reinforcements. Those requests were duly monitored by Imperium monitoring stations. A force from the 3rd Battalion of the Tiger Brigade of the Imperial Space Marines was sent to investigate and to prevent valuable Goatronium resources from falling into enemy hands.. What had started as a skirmish over scrap had become a three-way war for resources and strategic supremacy.

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The second Battle of LV-428 was also inconclusive. All three armies sought to capture an abandoned refinery. The Orks reached the site first, and inflicted significant casualties on Chaos units with a Boomgun-mounted looted vehicle. However, the Orkish warriors proved no match for the Chaos Marines in hand-to-hand fighting amid the abandoned industrial machinery. The Space Marines, meanwhile, pressed forward, despite the immobilization of their powerful armour by a lucky rokkit hit from an Orkish deffcopta. Their terminators terminated Orc squads, as the Marines traded shots with the hated Chaos traitors. In the end, no one had uncontested control of the refinery, but the Imperium had fared better than the others.

3-way-battle-in-the-refineryWith the first clashes inconclusive, more forces were mobilized. Fleets and armies were sent. 

The Goatronium Expansions had begun….